TMS Ep169: Weak Rupee 5G Auction Q&A with Mark Matthews Open RAN


The Indian rupee continued to weaken on Monday, hitting an all-time low against a rising US dollar. And experts believe it could depreciate further – throwing cold water on efforts by the RBI, which recently hiked rates in a bid to curb inflation. According to the central bank’s own calculations, every 5% fall in the rupee adds about 10-15 basis points to inflation. So what does a weaker rupee mean for the Indian economy, which is already weathering several storms? And what does that mean for people in general who are affected by high inflation? A depreciating Indian rupee will indeed drain the treasury. But the government has several ways to replenish it.

The company has been eyeing the rollout of 5G for some time — which could help fix the drop in sales. But now that the tickets for it are clear, telecom operators are looking annoyed that some of their demands have not been met – suggesting the forthcoming auction could get a lukewarm reaction. It’s not just the 5G rollout, the markets are also facing a bumpy road. Will stock markets around the world now enter corrective mode after the US Federal Reserve and RBI have made their policy intentions clear? Against the backdrop of this political shift, how should investors approach the markets? Will foreign funds flow back into Indian stocks if economic growth remains robust? business standard‘s Puneet Wadhwa spoke to Mark Matthews, Head of Research for Asia at Julius Baer, ​​to get his take on recent developments and the way forward for global equity markets as they adjust to the “new normal” of rising interest rates. After the markets, let’s move on to a technology that is critical to the rollout of 5G. Open RAN, short for Open Radio Access Network, is critical to 5G deployment. In the context of India, the Open RAN architecture is essential but also fraught with challenges. We’ll come back to that, but first let’s understand what O-RAN is in this episode of the podcast.

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